These kits include Oculus headsets, hand controls, and computers needed to run the software. The program includes several software titles as well, designed to aid in education. The program is a pilot that started as a smaller pilot by John MacLeod of VAR Libraries, who started a small program on his own before ever interacting with Oculus.
Chinese room thought experiment[ edit ] John Searle in December Searle's thought experiment begins with this hypothetical premise: It takes Chinese characters as input and, by following the instructions of a computer programproduces other Chinese characters, which it presents as output.
Suppose, says Searle, that this computer performs its task so convincingly that it comfortably passes the Turing test: To all of the questions that the person asks, it makes appropriate responses, such that any Chinese speaker would be convinced that they are talking to another Chinese-speaking human being.
The question Searle wants to answer is this: Or is it merely simulating the ability to understand Chinese? Searle could receive Chinese characters through a slot in the door, process them according to the program's instructions, and produce Chinese characters as output.
If the computer had passed the Turing test this way, it follows, says Searle, that he would do so as well, simply by running the program manually. Searle asserts that there is no essential difference between the roles of the computer and himself in the experiment.
Each simply follows a program, step-by-step, producing a behavior which is then interpreted by the user as demonstrating intelligent conversation. However, Searle himself would not be able to understand the conversation.
Therefore, he argues, it follows that the computer would not be able to understand the conversation either. Searle argues that, without "understanding" or " intentionality "we cannot describe what the machine is doing as "thinking" and, since it does not think, it does not have a "mind" in anything like the normal sense of the word.
Therefore, he concludes that "strong AI" is false. History[ edit ] Gottfried Leibniz made a similar argument in against mechanism the position that the mind is a machine and nothing more. Leibniz used the thought experiment of expanding the brain until it was the size of a mill.
David Cole writes that "the Chinese Room argument has probably been the most widely discussed philosophical argument in cognitive science to appear in the past 25 years". It is a challenge to functionalism and the computational theory of mind[g] and is related to such questions as the mind—body problemthe problem of other mindsthe symbol-grounding problem, and the hard problem of consciousness.
The appropriately programmed computer with the right inputs and outputs would thereby have a mind in exactly the same sense human beings have minds. Searle writes that "according to Strong AI, the correct simulation really is a mind. According to Weak AI, the correct simulation is a model of the mind.
For example, inAI founder Herbert A. Simon declared that "there are now in the world machines that think, that learn and create"  [h] and claimed that they had "solved the venerable mind—body problemexplaining how a system composed of matter can have the properties of mind.
This is not science fiction, but real science, based on a theoretical conception as deep as it is daring: AI systems can be used to explain the mind; [d] The study of the brain is irrelevant to the study of the mind; [i] and The Turing test is adequate for establishing the existence of mental states.
Because a computer program can accurately represent functional relationships as relationships between symbols, a computer can have mental phenomena if it runs the right program, according to functionalism. Stevan Harnad argues that Searle's depictions of strong AI can be reformulated as "recognizable tenets of computationalism, a position unlike "strong AI" that is actually held by many thinkers, and hence one worth refuting.
Each of the following, according to Harnad, is a "tenet" of computationalism: He writes "brains cause minds"  and that "actual human mental phenomena [are] dependent on actual physical—chemical properties of actual human brains".
If neuroscience is able to isolate the mechanical process that gives rise to consciousness, then Searle grants that it may be possible to create machines that have consciousness and understanding.
However, without the specific machinery required, Searle does not believe that consciousness can occur. Biological naturalism implies that one cannot determine if the experience of consciousness is occurring merely by examining how a system functions, because the specific machinery of the brain is essential.
Thus, biological naturalism is directly opposed to both behaviorism and functionalism including "computer functionalism" or "strong AI". Indeed, Searle accuses strong AI of dualism, writing that "strong AI only makes sense given the dualistic assumption that, where the mind is concerned, the brain doesn't matter.
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